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Elina Brotherus, Joseph Beuys and René Block: Potato Planting – Transformations

Solo show
Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau
September 15, 2023 - February 25, 2024

Elina Brotherus deals with iconic motifs from art history as well as with the reinterpretation of Fluxus actions and event scores, the recordings of performances. In this context, the artist has also reinterpreted Joseph Beuys’ action Kartoffelernte (Potato Harvest), which took place in 1977 in front of the gallery of the important FLUXUS and Beuys companion René Block. Brotherus finds a feminine way of approaching the gesture of the iconic German artist. Gallery owner, museum director and international curator René Block connects the two artistic personalities from different generations. He exhibited, collected and supported both Beuys and Brotherus early on with the help of his gallery.

During various stays at Museum Schloss Moyland and the Joseph Beuys Archive, Elina Brotherus researches Beuys and Block, their actions, images and correspondence, as well as Beuys’ long-time performance photographer Ute Klophaus. At the end of her research, new photographs and video installations will be created at places frequented by Beuys in the region, as well as new works with René Block. These specific new productions will be shown for the first time at Museum Schloss Moyland.

An interview with René Block is planned in order to build up an audio archive, to secure art-historical knowledge and to supplement the existing archive material in this way.

A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.

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